Now that Marvel’s Phase 3 has concluded with "Avengers: Endgame" and "Spiderman: Far From Home," Marvel Studios is busy planning the next stage of their comics film and TV empire. Between San Diego Comic-Con and D23, Disney’s
fan event, Marvel Studios' head Kevin Feige announced all the new shows and
movies coming in Phase 4 and beyond.
We’re going to be seeing movies and shows with familiar and
new faces as we get films with Avengers, like "Black Widow," plus a whole new
franchise with "The Eternals." As the first three phases for Marvel Studios was very
Avengers-heavy, they are launching into uncharted territory, and we don’t know
what shape it will ultimately take now that the Infinity Stones have all been
What’s interesting about this phase is that it does not
include any Avengers movies, and there will be a strong continuity between film
and TV projects, unlike the previous phases where the shows had little ("Agents
of Shield") or nothing ("Daredevil," "Jessica Jones" and the rest of "The Defenders") to
do with the films.
There’s also no word on how X-Men or Deadpool fit in now
that they were recently acquired by Disney, bringing them officially into the
Marvel Studios fold. One thing seems certain, though -- Spider-Man won’t be part of these phases if Disney and Sony, Spider-Man’s parent company, can’t reach a licensing
deal for the character.
What’s certain is the blend of old and new that will give
fans favorite characters they’ve come to expect while simultaneously introducing
Marvel properties than non-comic fans might not be familiar with. We’re here for
the ride, but it might be years (2023) before we know what all of this is
building toward. In the meantime, here’s our newest film and TV timeline: